One man seriously injured
A jet-ski driver sustained serious leg injuries after a 40 knot collision with a trimaran close to an area with six-knot speed limit.
Just before the high speed smash in Studland Bay, Dorset a 13-year-old riding pillion on the jet-ski leapt clear shouting a warning.
Portland Coastguard received two emergency calls informing them that there had been a collision between a jet ski and the 25ft trimaran Lil Annie. The skipper of the trimaran said: ‘This thing came at me like an Exocet missile.’
The Coastguard rescue helicopter from Portland was scrambled. Nigel Robinson, Watch Officer, Portland Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre, said: ’We received several calls informing us of this incident, one from the crew aboard the trimaran and one from the people on a nearby motor cruiser Ludwells in additional to a call from Southwest Ambulance requesting assistance to the same incident.
‘The casualty was initially recovered by the crew aboard the motor cruiser, then airlifted by the Coastguard rescue helicopter to the Poole helicopter landing site where the casualty was transferred to Poole General Hospital.’
The jet ski was towed to Poole Harbour and the trimaran was assisted to Poole Yacht Club by the Poole RNLI lifeboat. The Dorset Constabulary and the Marine Accident Investigation Branch have been informed of the incident.